Review: Shimmer

Shimmer by Elena Dillon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take.
When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?

This book doesn’t suffer from the Sequel Syndrome, that’s for sure! Shimmer is in fact quite better than Breathe. In my review for Breathe, I said I found it okay and sort of average. But it seems the author improved a lot in this book. Firstly, the characterization and writing, though already good enough in Breathe, were better this time around. You get Chandler, a girl who is used to slipping in and out of identities from the past four years. She is on the run from her mom’s murderer and her ‘dad’ isn’t really her dad, but they both haven’t been in one place long enough to get caught by the murderer. Seemingly close to Breathe, but the character of Chandler is set in a whole different way.

Chandler can be be who she wants to be, and this time around she likes the town of Lafayette enough to mingle a little. Yes, the same Lafayette of Breathe, which means we get the characters from the first book too, just 4 hours years older! Say hello to older Lily and Caeden (boy, he grew up!) and Chandler falls easily into place with them. Caeden is initially a bit wary of her and behaves like a jerk, but eventually their outer snark with each other gives way naturally to a sweet relationship. She doesn’t tell him the truth like Jasmine, but keeps it to herself since hers is more damning. The plot of the murderer was slow to develop and most of the story was focused on Chandler flying under the radar, but I enjoyed the story this time around. Maybe not expecting a mystery worked in it’s favor – and the hints about the murderer were there earlier on anyway. Basically, it was more contemporary and I found Caeden and Chandler very cute together. Lily and Abby are best friends and such sweet girls – I liked how they immediately made Chandler at home. Finn was also around, and still intent on wooing Lily, just not by breaking her phone this time around ;).

Overall, I felt it was a good book. Things really picked up in the last quarter of the book. I loved how Chandler had a cool head in the situation, and the ending was very neatly resolved.

Received an ARC from Mark my Words Publicity via Netgalley. This in no way affects my opinion or my review.

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